Happy to announce that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to the historic Fox Theatre and will feature three special programs for the 2015 Atlanta Engagement from February 11 – 15, 2015!
Artistic Director Robert Battle, who recently accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of Alvin Ailey, continues to expand the Company’s diverse repertory with a wide range of exciting premieres and new productions. The Atlanta premiere of ODETTA and Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations are among the ten dynamic ballets to be featured.
In ODETTA, one of the most influential singers of the 20th century is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Rushing’s premiere for Ailey, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center, pays tribute to Odetta Holmes’ life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and her musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. Holmes was celebrated as “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement” and the tribute was created during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Highlights include innovative premieres and new productions performed by Ailey’s extraordinary dancers:
· Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA
· Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women
· Hofesh Shechter’s Uprising
Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women is a mesmerizing ensemble piece created in 2000, illuminating the challenges and strength of women across the ages. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it is recognized as one of the signature works by this celebrated former Martha Graham dancer, choreographer and master teacher.
Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s acclaimed Uprising features seven men who bombard the stage with intensity in an exhilarating work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself. Utilizing a movement style that is primal and imbued with high-tension energy, the 38-year-old Israeli-born Shechter has risen to become one of Europe’s most sought-after dance creators since moving to London in 2002.
In a new production of Ulysses Dove’s Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes. The work features music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel and was originally staged for Ailey in 1986, as the fourth of seven ballets mounted on the Company by Dove. Dove is hailed as one of the most exciting choreographers to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century.
The five-day engagement will also feature Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, a groundbreaking and influential 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute by Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora; and Polish Pieces by Hans van Manen, a colorful ensemble work where 12 dancers create a brilliant kaleidoscope through endlessly shifting formations that contrast with two sensual pas de deux.
Returning repertory favorites will include Robert Battle’s propulsive Takademe, a fast-paced and high-flying solo, and Ronald K. Brown’s spiritually-charged Grace, set to the music of Duke Ellington and Fela Kuti.
Alvin Ailey’s timeless Revelations will uplift audiences at the end of every performance. It has made its way around the world over the past 54 years as a poignant American masterpiece, marked by its ability to transcend all cultural barriers in a hopeful celebration of the human spirit.
Join the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as they inspire all people through dance during a ground-breaking 2015 engagement in Atlanta. New this year, an added Wednesday night Ailey Fan program offers a special opportunity for Atlantans to experience the Ailey magic with every single seat in the house priced at only $25! The whole family will enjoy the Saturday, February 14 2 p.m. Family Matinee program, followed by a Q&A with the dancers. All tickets for this family matinee performance are buy one, get one at 50% off. Bring a loved one to the Valentine’s Day performance on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. For further information about Ailey’s performances and programs, visit www.alvinailey.org.